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Upshur drug round-up nets 10 arrests, five still being sought

On Thursday, May 9, the second Upshur County drug round-up was completed without incident.

Organized by members of the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit, the drug round-up included officers from the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department and W.Va. State Police Buckhannon and Weston detachments.

Officers arrested multiple subjects for various drug offenses, including possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a protected area, and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.

These arrests are the culmination of drug investigations that began earlier this year by the MLDVC Unit. This is the second such drug round-up since the unit’s inception in May 2018, which has yielded over 50 felony drug arrests in Upshur County alone.

These arrests were made possible by information and tips received by the citizens of Upshur County.

Subjects arrested are as follows:

  • Candy Suttle
  • Lucas Unger
  • Wesley Mayes
  • Brandon McCartney
  • John Shipman
  • Ashley Sipe
  • Robin Norris
  • Chad Hayes
  • Garry Morgan
  • Johnna Courtney

Officers are still actively seeking for drug charges:

  • Aman Sweilam
  • Timothy Stickland
  • Keith Johnson
  • Thomas Lowe
  • Dustin Landis

Timothy Strickland should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Upshur County Comm Center at 304-472-9550.

Drug seizures during the round-up include 53 heroin stamps, 100 dosage units of controlled substances, .25 ounce of marijuana, 62 grams of methamphetamine and several thousand dollars in counterfeit U.S. currency. Total street value of illegal drugs seized is $8,350.

The Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Task Force is comprised of officers from the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department, Buckhannon Police Department, Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

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